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Bug In DOS-Based Voting Machines Disrupts Belgian Election

JohnnyBGod Re:Paltry (193 comments)

3.5" floppy disks are proven... to be horribly unreliable.

about 5 months ago
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PayPal Preparing To Address Frozen Funds Policy

JohnnyBGod Re:Not going back (175 comments)

I wouldn't know. Maybe it's different outside of Europe? Maybe you got lucky? Maybe Paypal stopped/started caring? I'm glad you could get support.

about a year and a half ago
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PayPal Preparing To Address Frozen Funds Policy

JohnnyBGod Not going back (175 comments)

Honestly, I've given up on Paypal. Back in 2009, I've had my account frozen due to using many credit cards. Since I didn't have a job, I (thought I) couldn't get an actual credit card, and used a service in my country that generates temporary credit card numbers, valid for a month and with a set credit limit*. Well, Paypal didn't like that I used more than (IIRC) 15 credit cards in X time, so they blocked my account. I've since learned that Paypal e-mail support is where messages go to die, and, through site revisions, has become almost impossible to find. So, to resolve my problem, I had to call an Irish number, where this lady basically told me "No credit card, no dice". So then silly me goes and gets an actual credit card and calls again. "Looks good. It should be OK, now" - someone else says. It isn't. The next call: "OK, reset the password from your main computer". a) My main computer was a laptop which died in the middle of this process, and I've told them this, and b) What's the point of being on the web if you're requiring people to do something from a set computer? I've reset the password and the account is still blocked, so I've given up. Luckily, I only lost a little money in this process, but I've been finding that living without PayPal is easier than I thought.

* For the curious, https://www.mbnet.pt/

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?

JohnnyBGod Re:It's not broken. (1154 comments)

A thousand times this. Installing Windows on generic hardware is, in fact, _harder_ than installing Linux. You know every other bit of hardware you have in your system? Sorry, you've got to go get a specific driver for it, because the generic sucks so hard it makes it almost, if not entirely, unusable.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?

JohnnyBGod Re:It's not broken. (1154 comments)

I've noticed that comment wasn't very useful, so here's a link.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?

JohnnyBGod Re:It's not broken. (1154 comments)

It actually can compile code using the Win32 API.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?

JohnnyBGod Re:It's not broken. (1154 comments)

Windows 3.0 didn't have true multitasking, so that limitation didn't even apply. It could afford to dump all the memory into a single program.

more than 2 years ago
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CPUs Do Affect Gaming Performance, After All

JohnnyBGod Re:It's not all graphics (220 comments)

They do? I mean, RTS AIs are notorious for cheating, so I'd expect that the CPUs power wouldn't have much of an effect.

more than 2 years ago
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What Happens To Google Employees When They Die?

JohnnyBGod Re:Sort of normal here in EU... (170 comments)

It's definitely not normal here in Portugal. In fact, it's unheard of.

more than 2 years ago
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SCO Group Files For Chapter 7

JohnnyBGod Re:good riddance (190 comments)

*they _are_ talking about

more than 2 years ago
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SCO Group Files For Chapter 7

JohnnyBGod Re:good riddance (190 comments)

The gist of your post is fine, but this sentence is ridiculous:

Companies that threaten alledged infringers but won't say what is being infringed really should have to forefit those patents.

If the company won't say which patents they is talking about, how are you going to those patents away from them?

more than 2 years ago
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Half of India Without Electricity As Power Grid Crisis Deepens

JohnnyBGod Re:Some facts (just to avoid all the BS flying abo (413 comments)

in contrast to the worldwide per capita annual average of 2600 kWh and 6200 kWh in the European Union.

This sentence makes my brain hurt.

more than 2 years ago
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RIM CEO On What Went Wrong

JohnnyBGod Re:LTE? How about Android and IPhone (299 comments)

Do you think he doesn't know that? This is politics. So you're the CEO of a company. Are you really going to come out to your shareholders and say "We're in the shit 'cause our competitors have done better? We'll one-up up them now! Promise!" Of course not! This raises nasty questions like "Well, why didn't you do better before it was a problem?" or "Oh yeah? And how are you going to do that?", questions which either aren't productive or can't be answered without showing your cards to your competition. No... instead, you make up some silly excuse that sounds plausible to anyone who isn't in the know.

more than 2 years ago
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What Should We Do About Wikipedia's Porn Problem?

JohnnyBGod Re:Not a problem (544 comments)

I think your sarcasmometer is broken.

more than 2 years ago
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First Culture Freedom Day Underway In Lisbon, Others Next Saturday

JohnnyBGod What? (15 comments)

So... there's an event in the city where I've lived my whole life, and I find about it in an American website? What the hell is the organization thinking?

more than 2 years ago
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Most Game Console Power Draw Comes From Time Spent Idling

JohnnyBGod Re:Too bad... (249 comments)

That would make them not idle, no?

more than 2 years ago
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The Laws of Physics Trump Traffic Laws

JohnnyBGod Re:go catch real crooks cops (378 comments)

I don't quite understand why we don't have a 'Yield to cars on the right' sign.

o.O

Isn't that in the traffic rules? Here in Portugal it's:

  • no sign --> yield only to motorized vehicles on the right
  • yield sign --> yield to everyone
  • stop sign --> come to a complete stop and yield to everyone.

more than 2 years ago
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The Laws of Physics Trump Traffic Laws

JohnnyBGod Re:go catch real crooks cops (378 comments)

I'm sorry, but running a stop sign in an intersection with good visibility in all directions most definitely _is_ a tiny little thing, and it's a shame both that the law doesn't treat it as such, and that the sign is in the intersection in the first place.

more than 2 years ago
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America's Secret Underground Ice Fortresses

JohnnyBGod I wonder... (134 comments)

Would the US government need to go to an ATM machine and input a PIN number in order to withdraw money to pay for its ICBM missiles?

more than 2 years ago
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Michael Bay To Remake TMNT As Aliens

JohnnyBGod Re:And in other news (481 comments)

I'm kinda young for Thundercats, but having watched a couple of re-runs, the thing that sticks in my mind is how awful the animation was, standing in stark contrast to the animation on the opening credits, which was brilliant.

more than 2 years ago

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The Lotus Omnivore engine

JohnnyBGod JohnnyBGod writes  |  more than 4 years ago

JohnnyBGod (1088549) writes "Lotus claim to have invented a new, more efficient engine design. The two-stroke, flex-fuel engine can achieve, according to the surprisingly technical press release,"approximately 10% better [fuel consumption] than current spray-guided direct injection, spark ignition engines".

The engine has a sliding puck arrangement to control its compression ratio, and has direct injection and a wet sump, to eliminate fuel leakage to the exhaust and the need to mix oil with the fuel, two common problems with two-stroke engines. Lotus engineering have released a video explaining the engine's operation."

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